by Paul Bowers
When we received the Spoleto '14 lineup at the office a few days ago and started Googling all of the artists, one jazz act already stood out as a can't-miss: Norwegian saxophonist Håkon Kornstad.
A conservatory-trained, Norwegian Grammy-nominated tenor sax player who originally made it onto the map with a jazz-electronica band called Wibutee, he's currently pushing the limits of what a solo jazz performance can look like. Seriously, check out this live video he did for Music Norway:
Making liberal use of a loop pedal, Kornstad piles on layers of percussion and melody with his saxophone, also adding electronic flourishes and riffs on the flutonette (a flute with a clarinet mouthpiece) on the fly.
Oh, and did we mention he sings opera? Because he sings opera, too.
Kornstad will play Wed. June 4 at 5 p.m., Fri. June 6 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m., and Sat. June 7 at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will go on sale starting Dec. 9 at spoletousa.org.